Journalism and Creative Writing BA(Hons)

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Journalism & CW - 2023

Kick-start your career as a writer, learning how to analyse, practise and publish all forms of journalism while also stretching your creative skills across a range of formats. Along the way, you’ll develop a technical toolbox of transferable skills essential in any number of journalistic and creative industries.

Key details
Location Falmouth Campus
Course duration 3 years
Attendance Full-time
UCAS code 39B4

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Course overview

This joint degree blends practising and analysing digital journalism with developing your writing skills in a range of fictional and non-fictional contexts, from screenwriting and poetry through to writing for games and children’s fiction.

You will:

  • Benefit from exposure to the complete spectrum of writing expertise, including active journalists and published authors, documentary makers, screenwriters, game writers and poets
  • Create a portfolio in your third year, showcasing the writing and broadcasting skills you’ve learnt and preparing you for your career ahead
  • Take part in challenging projects such as writing for one of our partners in the news and features sectors
  • Have access to well-equipped studios and creative spaces
  • Attend our eclectic guest lecture and workshop series, where you can benefit from the expertise of leading figures in the worlds of journalism, literature and other fields

Course details

You will develop your professional and intellectual skills by exploring journalism and creative writing in a range of contexts and genres, and set your practice within the creative, ethical and legal frameworks of past and present practitioners.

As you progress, you will learn how to generate fresh ideas through experimentation, write for different readers and publishing platforms, solve problems, collaborate, research both professionally and academically, and promote your work to employers and audiences.

BA(Hons) Journalism and Creative Writing course video

We'll go over all the journalism and creative writing essentials, from telling true stories, fiction and script, to the language of news and opinion writing, to politics and media law. But along with the introduction you need, the course also invites you to think outside the box with modules like Breaking the Rules: Remix and Writing Back. You'll also develop critical thinking skills, learn to make and market a blog, and begin using a range of equipment, like video and audio recording kit.

Modules

True Stories
Multimedia Methods
Writing: Craft & Contexts
Politics & Law for Journalists
Breaking the Rules: Remix and Writing Back
Publishing Studio: Technologizing Word

You'll experiment with genre and form, and learn more about audience and context through core modules. There'll also be the chance to choose which forms of creative writing most appeal to you, such as screenwriting, sci-fi, or writing for radio.

Modules

Magazine Content & Creation
Features & Long Form

 

Optional Journalism Modules

Journalism & Communication Research
Advanced Multimedia Methods

Optional Creative Writing Modules

Satire and Scandal
Poetry
Screenwriting
Games
Creative Non-Fiction
Magic and the Impossible
Fiction
Radio and Theatre

With more self-directed learning, you'll take on projects focused on your chosen path. You have the option to choose the balance of your studies between Journalism and Creative Writing. You can specialise in everything from crime to culture, fashion to foreign news. And by creating a freelance portfolio, you'll further prepare for your career.

Modules

In study block 1 students will choose between:

Collaborative Project

Or

Specialist Correspondent
Literature & Journalism

Optional Creative Writing Modules

We Have Never Been Human
Crime and Dark Fiction
Children and Young Adult

 

In study block 2 students will choose between:

Freelance Portfolio

Or

Experiment and Adaptation

They will also be able to choose between:

Mini-Documentary
Portfolio (Creative Writing)
Dissertation (Journalism)

The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.

From module information to course aims and assessment criteria, discover the full course details 

How you'll learn

This creative journalism degree features practical and peer-reviewed workshops, lectures, seminars, and self-directed work. You'll get a good deal of tutor contact time each week, and the chance for frequent one-to-one tutorials.

At Falmouth, we use a 'digitally enhanced learning & teaching' approach. Your experience will always be predominantly in-person, including seminars, tutorials and studio teaching, with some, more targeted elements, being online either live (synchronous) or pre-recorded (asynchronous). You can read more here.

We'll push you to make the most of any outside opportunities, so you can utilise our facilities and support. You'll also gain valuable industry insights from our visiting speakers and Writers in Residence, who have previously included Lionel Shriver, Philip Marsden and Simon Armitage.

How you'll spend your time

Year

Timetabled teaching

and learning activity

Guided

independent study

1

23%

77%

2

25%

75%

3

19%

81%

 

How you'll be assessed

Year

Written exams

Practical exams

Coursework

1

12%

0%

88%

2

0%

10%

90%

3

0%

0%

100%

 The above percentages relate to 2019/2020 data. 

Assessment methods

  • Continuous assessment.
  • One exam on Politics & Law for Journalists.
  • Coursework and e-learning exercises.
  • Critical evaluation.
  • Final year dissertation.

Staff

You’ll be taught and supported by industry professionals with experience working with the BBC, Reuters, the Oxford Mail and Wavelength, as well as published writers and academics specialising in everything from screenwriting to publishing to writing for games.

Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every member shown here.

Andy Chatfield

Senior Lecturer, Production Journalism

Andy is a former deputy editor of the Oxford Mail, who worked in the newspaper industry for 20 years...

Andy Chatfield

Dr David Devanny

Course Leader, BA(Hons) Creative Writing

OverviewDavid is a lecturer and PhD candidate at Falmouth University. He is a poet and&nbs...

Dr David Devanny

Rupert Loydell

Senior Lecturer, English & Writing

Rupert Loydell was born in London, where he attended Latymer Upper School. After taking an Art Found...

Rupert Loydell

Kevin Bishop

Lecturer, Multimedia Journalism

Kevin Bishop is an broadcast news producer with over 30 years experience in newsgathering. Beginning...

Kevin Bishop
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Dr Abigail Wincott

Senior Lecturer Journalism and Communication

Abigail Wincott has over 20 years' experience as a journalist and producer in print, broadcast and o...

Dr Abigail Wincott

Facilities

  • A well-equipped digital newsroom with news feed.
  • 25 workstations with professional scriptwriting and editing software.
  • The Soundhouse, our dedicated radio studio and podcast facility
  • A wide range of DV cameras and audio recording devices.
  • Exclusive use of The Lighthouse, the School’s new study and meeting space.
  • The Shed, our dedicated study area

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What our graduates do

Our graduates have worked as:

  • Associate Producer at CNN
  • Press Officer at Extinction Rebellion
  • Fundraiser and Marketing Manager at Haven First
  • Freelance Writer and Blogger at The Cornish Bird blog
  • Intelligence Analyst at Anvil Group

How to apply

Apply via UCAS

Ready to join us? You can apply for September 2022 through UCAS Apply and Track. You'll need to reference the course and University code (F33).

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Applying as an international student? 

International students can apply for a course through UCAS, via an agent or directly with the university. For more information about how to apply as an international student, visit our International applications page.

International applications

Course routeUCAS code
Journalism and Creative Writing BA(Hons) three year degree39B4

We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We invite all applicants to an interview day or audition to give them the opportunity to demonstrate this along with what inspires and motivates them in their field. Applicants will also be able to show their portfolio or give a performance depending on the course. We welcome applications from all subject backgrounds, whether you’ve specialised in STEM, the arts or humanities. 

Course routeEntry requirements
BA(Hons) three year degree104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points

UCAS Tariff points will primarily be from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, T Levels, a BTEC/UAL Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma. 

For applicants whose first language is English we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent. 

If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in country equivalencies and approved tests.  

If you need a student visa to study in the UK, you'll need to take a recognised language test that is approved and vouched for by the University. You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.

UK applications: 26 January 2022 (for equal consideration)

Applications after the 26 January will be considered on a first-come, first-served as long as there are places available. Apply for this course now.

International fee payers can apply throughout the year. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.

 

What we're looking for

We want someone who:

  • Is enthusiastic and committed, with experience in relevant subjects.
  • Has been involved in reporting or writing for a school magazine, personal blog or similar.
  • Knows about current affairs and popular culture.
  • Consumes fiction and non-fiction, and can comment intelligently on recent news events and on books or articles they have read.
  • Shows independence and initiative.
  • Has extra-curricular interests, part-time jobs or hobbies.

Fees, costs & funding

Tuition fees

Annual tuition feeStudent
£9,250 per yearFull-time UK
£17,460 per yearFull-time EU/international

Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may therefore raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible.

Typical course costs

  • £100-£200 - Recurring annual costs
  • £600 - Optional study visits and placements for the course duration

A reasonable computer or laptop, a smartphone and standard wifi will be required for this course.

If you need to bring equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your Welcome Letter.

The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs

Funding

For information about funding available, please visit our undergraduate funding page

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From course details, our facilities and the local area to the social scene and settling in, our students are ready and available to answer any questions you might have. Simply set up your account, send them a question and they'll get back to you within 24 hours.

 

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